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Graham Newland
Graham Newland mid 1950s
Graham Newland mid 1950s

Other NameNude Nut
GenderMale
Date Born924
StatusDeceased
NationalityAustralian
Current City/HometownSydney
ClubMiddle Harbour Yacht Club
Sydney Amateur Sailing Club
Boat Owner ofFirefly
Siandra
Boats Sailed OnCarol J
Jasnar

Graham Newland

His blood salted at an early age, Graham Newland turned his engineering brain to the sport of yachting after World War II.

Sydney yachtsman Graham Newland started his sailing career as a member of the crew Jasnar with skipper Gordon Ingate in 1948. He was so thrilled with his first taste of ocean sailing that the following year he bought the 28ft sloop Firefly and races her with the Sydney Amateur Sailing club and later Middle Harbour Yacht Club.

However he soon realised that Firefly was not suitable for ocean racing. So after sifting through 20 designs of 24ft LSL boats, Graham decided to build an Arthur Robb design Lion Class.

He commissioned Ron Swanson to lay the keel of Siandra in the backyard of his engineering works. For the next 2 years, he spent his spare time building the boat which was finally launched in 1956.

That year she was 2nd in her division in the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1956. In 1958 she went on to win the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1958 outright and also the Middle Harbour Yacht Club's Racing Shield and their offshore series. She also won a Montague Island race.

Then again she won the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1960, giving her a double.

Graham was an astute racing tactician, an outstanding navigator and a leader. He said he learned much from crewing with other skippers, especially Jack Halliday in Carol J.


About Graham Newland

Graham Newland Salt in the blood
Graham Newland Salt in the blood
Graham Newland: Yachtman of the Month
Graham Newland: Yachtman of the Month

From the Afloat Magazine January 2009

The following is produced from the Afloat Magazine January 2009

www.afloat.com.au/afloat-magazine/2009/january-09/Harbour_Happenings#.Vo8siWxumUk

Sydney Hobart winning skippers of the '50s and '60s

Graham Newland

Graham Newland is one of only seven yacht owners to have won two or more Sydney Hobart Yacht Races overall since the famous ocean race was first sailed 62 years ago. 

 He won twice on handicap with his Lion class yacht Siandra, in 1958 and 1960, and also notched up a second and a third. 

Newland, who died in November, also played a significant role in Australia's major international wins in the 1967 Admiral's Cup in England and the 1971 One Ton Cup in New Zealand. 

Affectionately known as 'Nude Nut', he was born and raised in Sydney, where he sailed his first yacht Firefly out of Middle Harbour Yacht Club

He sailed as a watch captain on Gordon Ingate's Caprice of Huon in Australia's first challenge for the Admiral's Cup in Cowes in 1965, winning three of four races. The Australian team placed second overall. 

 In 1967, he had the same role with the boat, chartered by Gordon Reynolds. The Australian team of Caprice of Huon, Balandra and Mercedes III scored a major upset by winning the Admiral's Cup. 

For the 1971 One Ton Cup in Auckland, the then prestigious level rating rule, Newland persuaded Sydney yachtsman Syd Fischer to charter the Sparkman & Stephensdesigned Stormy Petrel. Newland, an engineer and by then a renowned 'yacht doctor', suggested that her ballast and rig be increased, with new sails designed by Hugh Treharne for New Zealand conditions. The result was a great victory for Australia. 

In 1977, Newland joined his 1965 Admiral's Cup challenge skipper Gordon Ingate in campaigning Gretel II for her second tilt at the America's Cup at Newport, Rhode Island. His wife Lurl also played a significant role, as the 'House Mother' for the RSYS crew at Newport. 

Newland was tactician and starting helmsman in the "Dad's Army" campaign that went down fighting for the right to challenge the Americans. 

In a long yachting career, Graham Newland sailed in 15 Sydney Hobarts with two wins with Siandra, two One Ton Cups with a win in Syd Fischer's Stormy Petrel, four Fastnet Races including a win and a third in Fischer's original Ragamuffin, a Bermuda Race on the English yacht Firebrand and on Norman Rydge's Lorita Maria, skippered by Peter Green, in a TransAtlantic Race from Rhode Island to Copenhagen. 

Retiring from yachting, Graham became a fulltime farmer on a 2,000 acre property named Tarrawong at Goolma near Gulgong. He bought a glider which he flew out of Narromine, later getting his engine aircraft pilot's licence. This led to buying Cape York Aerial Services with a contract for the mail run from Cairns to cattle properties on Cape York. 

 Despite his declining health in recent years, one of Graham's remaining pleasures was the monthly ROMEO (Retired Old Men Eating Out) lunch organized by John Brooks at the Sydney Flying Squadron.

Pictures and Articles

More pictures and articles can be viewed on the Firefly and Siandra pages. Pictures collected by Graham Newland and donated by Jan Newland (daughter)

General


Siandra Crew
Siandra Crew
Lurlene Newland in centre
Lurlene Newland in centre
The Wives at a party at an unkown Yacht Club
The Wives at a party at an unkown Yacht Club
On the Wind - article about Graham Newland and Wal Burke
On the Wind - article about Graham Newland and Wal Burke
Below decks on Siandra
Below decks on Siandra

1956 Launch of Siandra


Launch of Siandra at Frank Likely
Launch of Siandra at Frank Likely's Boatshed 1956
Lurlene Newland and Graham Newland at the launch of Siandra
Lurlene Newland and Graham Newland at the launch of Siandra

1956 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Pictures and articles from the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1956 . Pictures collected by Graham Newland  and donated by Jan Newland (daughter)

1958 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Siandra Wins the 1968 Hobart - Collection from Graham Newland, donated by his daughter Jan Newland. Pictures and articles from the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1958


Middle Harbour Yacht Club celebrates Siandra
Middle Harbour Yacht Club celebrates Siandra's win in 1958 Hobart
Lucky Puff Catches Tiny Siandra 1958 Hobart
Lucky Puff Catches Tiny Siandra 1958 Hobart

1960 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

Articles and pictures from the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1960 collected by Graham Newland. They won handicap this year.

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race winner SiandraSydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1960Siandra Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race winnerSiandra
Siandra's skipper Graham Newland is rewarded with a kiss after winning the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race 1960
Siandra in Jan 1961 at Constitution Dock
Siandra in Jan 1961 at Constitution Dock

1961 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race


1961 Hobart Celebrations at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania
1961 Hobart Celebrations at the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania
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